|13 Strategic Missile Division|
Emblem of the 13 Strategic Missile Division
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Role||Strategic Missile Command and Control|
The 13 Strategic Missile Division is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with Fifteenth Air Force, based at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. It was inactivated on 2 July 1966.
History[edit | edit source]
Heraldry[edit | edit source]
Light blue, issuant from base a sphere light green with land areas vert, grid lined azure, the sinister quarter of the last with grid lines of the field, above the sphere in chief an olive branch arched fesswise or, overall an aircraft and a missile bendwise each trailing speedlines of the like and all within a diminished border of the last. (Approved 4 January 1961.)
Lineage[edit | edit source]
- Established as 13 Composite Wing on 2 October 1940
- Activated on 10 October 1940
- Inactivated on 25 October 1941
- Redesignated: 13 Bombardment Wing on 23 August 1942
- Activated on 1 October 1942
- Redesignated: 13 Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 1 February 1943
- Redesignated: 13 Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) on 30 August 1943
- Redesignated: 13 Combat Bombardment Wing, Heavy on 24 August 1944
- Redesignated: 13 Bombardment Wing, Heavy on 18 June 1945
- Redesignated: 13 Bombardment Wing, Very Heavy on 17 August 1945
- Inactivated on 17 October 1945
- Redesignated: 13 Air Division on 20 May 1959
- Activated on 1 July 1959
- Redesignated: 13 Strategic Missile Division on 1 January 1963
- Discontinued, and inactivated, on 2 July 1966.
Assignments[edit | edit source]
Components[edit | edit source]
Stations[edit | edit source]
Aircraft and Missiles[edit | edit source]
Operations[edit | edit source]
Activated in the United States in October 1940, the wing moved to Puerto Rico where it remained until inactivated in October 1941.
Following second activation, it moved in May 1943 to England for duty with the Eighth Air Force. Groups assigned in September 1943 began strategic bombing of enemy aircraft, petroleum, and ball bearing industries as well as German airfields. Later, organizational units took part in the famous raid against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt in October 1943 and followed with missions against shipyards and shipbuilding installations at Wilhelmshaven and Bremen.
During the 1960s, the division organized, manned, trained, and equipped several strategic missile wings in Wyoming.
References[edit | edit source]
- Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
- 13 Strategic Missile Division Factsheet, AFRHA
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